Rough weekend. My high-speed data connection died on Friday, and I was stuck with a dial-up connection for almost 48 hours. Honestly, I spent most of the weekend feeling like my hands were tied behind my back using a slow dial up. While part of me was frustrated and feeling trapped, another part of me felt somewhat dismayed at just how dependant we have become on high-speed always-on connections. Which set me thinking – 10, 20, or more years from now, when more and more of our lives are electronic, when we’ll become totally dependant on whatever cool technologies are on their way, how we will cope when we (for example) lose power? Scary, huh?